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Kickin' Manicotti & Meatballs

This is a fantastic recipe for dinner parties & is flexible enough to use with Lasagna, Stuffed Shells & Ziti.. There is some prep involved but once the sauce is simmering, the aromas will let you know it was worth the effort!"

Ingredients

The Sauce:
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Lg Can (16oz) Tomato Sauce
1 Med Can Tomato Paste
1/4 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1/4 Tbsp Onion Salt
3/4 Tbsp Course Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Oregano
4 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

The Meatballs:
1 lb Hamburger
1 lb Hot Italian Sausage-can substitute mild for a lesser spicy meatball
1 Egg
1/2 Package of Saltine Cracker-Coarsely crumbled
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Onion Salt
1 Tbsp Oregano
2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper

The Filling:
1 lb Ricotta Cheese
3 to 4 cups Shredded Mozzarella (1 cup for filling & the remainder for the topping)
3 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Egg slightly beaten
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp Parsley
Salt & Pepper


Instructions

The Sauce:
Add olive oil to sauce pan (enough to cover the bottom of pan), add tomato sauce & tomato paste. You may need to cut the paste w/ approx. 1/4-cup of water. Add the remainder of the ingredients & bring to a slight boil & then reduce to a simmer a minimum of 1-1/2 hrs. The longer this cooks, the better it gets!
The meatballs:
In a mixing bowl add the coarsely grated saltines, egg, evaporated milk & the seasonings & mix. Add the hamburger & Italian sausage (tip: cut sausage in halves & squeeze from casings-it's easier to handle). Mix all ingredients & the roll into medium sized meatballs. Place meatballs in skillet & brown on all sides. After they have been browned, place meatballs in the sauce where they will continue to cook. The flavor from the meatballs will infuse with the sauce.
The Filling:
Mix all of the ingredients together. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hr. Put filling into a piping bag (I recommend using a zip lock with a 1/2-inch corner cut out).
Bring oven to 350*
Boil the Manicotti until they are Al dente & fill shells. Using some of the sauce, coat the bottom of a large baking dish, place the manicotti in the pan & cover with more of the sauce & top with the remainder of the mozzarella from the filling. Cover with foil for 30 mins; uncover for 15 more minutes. Let this set for 5-10 minutes & serve with meatballs on the side.

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Servings

6-8

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

no nutrition information available


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